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Here Are the Winners of The Innovation Awards 2023

by | Jan 17, 2023
Dallas Innovates and D CEO celebrated 68 honorees and revealed the winners of our fourth-annual Innovation Awards at an event held at On the Levee in the Dallas Design District. Here's a full list of winners and finalists.
The Last Word: Mike Rufail on Friday’s $1M Esports Win by The Dallas Fuel
by | Nov 7, 2022
On Friday night, The Dallas Fuel defeated the two-time world champions San Francisco Shock to become the 2022 Overwatch League Champions, winning the best-of-seven series 4-3. The finale  played out live onstage in front of thousands of fans at the Anaheim Convention Center in California, and was streamed on YouTube for a live audience of an estimated 325,000-plus concurrent viewers.
Meet the Finalists: The Innovation Awards 2023, Presented by Dallas Innovates and D CEO
by | Nov 3, 2022
Now in its fourth year, the program from Dallas Innovates and D CEO honors 68 disruptors and trailblazers driving a new vision for innovation in North Texas. Finalists will be recognized in the January/February issue of D CEO magazine and online at DallasInnovates.com. Winners will be revealed at an exclusive awards event in January.
DI People: Optic Gaming, Ziosk, Dr Pepper Keurig, and More Announce Leadership Moves
by | Oct 21, 2022
In this week’s roundup of hires, promotions, and accolades in North Texas, you’ll also find news from Advent International, Stellar, Stream Realty Partners, The Citizenry, Sabre Corp., SB Architects, and others.

Follow the Money: BILT Gets $1.7M Air Force Grant for 3D Instructions App, PGA of America Invests in Golf Innovation, and More

by | Jul 25, 2022
Plus, Fort Worth's Harvest Returns raises new fund; new Ryan acquisition makes 2022 its most active M&A year; OpTic Gaming acquires Dallas chatbot startup; Dallas legal education firm boosts digital content library; and Fort Worth's Novaria Group acquires firm with giant aerospace clients.
Frisco’s OpTic Gaming Acquires Dallas Streamer Tool Startup Botisimo
by | Jul 19, 2022
Frisco-based OpTic Gaming—which rebranded from Envy Gaming last month following its November merger with OpTic—has acquired Dallas streamer tool startup Botisimo.

Botisimo's tools reach more than 36 million unique viewers each month for 30,000+ streamers including Snoop Dogg, Monstercat, and Dude Perfect. OpTic believes it's "one of the most powerful tools a creator can use to engage with their audience," said OpTic CEO Adam Rymer, who joined the startup's board last year.
Longstanding Dallas Esports Franchise Takes on a New Name
by | Jun 28, 2022
Envy Gaming, a well-known name in the esports space, is retiring its branding but the competitive action will continue on.
OpTic Gaming Merges With Envy Gaming to Form a Combined North Texas Esports Powerhouse
by | Nov 8, 2021
The deal brings together Hector “HECZ” Rodriguez and Mike “Hastr0” Rufail—the leaders of OpTic and Envy, respectively—who have been longtime friends and esports rivals.

Esports Organizations in North Texas Play Big

by | Mar 6, 2019
Similar to oil and gas, Mark Cuban says esports has the potential to fuel the region. We rounded up the major drivers of the billion-dollar industry, from teams and developers to educators and startups to corporations and event venues.
Festival of Ideas
UTA Festival of Ideas: There’s ‘No One Path’ to Becoming an Entrepreneur
by | Feb 12, 2018
The annual event hosted by UTA empowered youth to take that leap of faith to become their own boss no matter what they’re passionate about.
OpTic Founder and CEO Hector “Hecz” Rodriguez
Gaming & Esports: Driving Innovation in North Texas
Several major esports teams are relocating to the region, and have drawn major investments from some of DFW’s most notable people.
Dallas Fuel
Team EnVyUs has Chosen Name for Dallas Overwatch League
by | Oct 10, 2017
On Thursday, Owner and CEO Mike Rufail and his investment partners at Hersh Interactive Group announced the new team name and logo was an homage to its home state of Texas.

Gaming Goldrush: Is Frisco Poised to Become an Esports Capital?

by | Sep 29, 2017
Dallas-Fort Worth pillars in esports talk about the industry's rise — and how North Texas fits into the mix — at LaunchPad City.
Texas Rangers Co-owner Helps OpTic Esports Team Expand
by | Sep 18, 2017
According to ESPN, Neil Leibman led a group of investors, which helped OpTic secure a $20 million Overwatch League spot in Houston. 
Esports Teams OpTic, EnVyUs Reportedly Relocating to Dallas
by | Aug 15, 2017
Competitive gaming is becoming big business with major teams drawing large fanbases. Could Dallas become an esports hub?